Rail Tours

Scotland Train Tours 2024/2025

Experience the unmatched beauty of Scotland the way it is truly supposed to be enjoyed, winding through the windswept moors, alongside glittering lochs, and under brooding mountains by rail. Discover the turbulent history of Scotland, its stunning castles, and iconic railway lines on this selection of magical tours by rail.

Explore the beauty of the Scottish Coast

Edinburgh Highlands

Edinburgh, The Highlands & Islands

Explore the highlands of Scotland

9 Days from £1,495PP

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as you journey from Edinburgh to the Highlands. Enjoy local delicacies along the way, culminating in a celebratory 'Scottish Evening'.


Edinburgh, Inverness and the Highlands

Edinburgh, Inverness and the Highlands

8 days from £1,595 per person

Discover the beautiful cities of Edinburgh, home to the royal residence of Holyrood, and Inverness, and immerse yourself in the rugged scenery of the Highlands on iconic steam railways. You'll also have chance to soak up the country's varied history with visits to the Royal Yacht Britannia and the Battlefield of Culloden.


Royal Deeside & The Tornado Steam Train

Royal Deeside & The Tornado Steam Train

5 days from £870 per person

With visits to 2 of Scotland's most charismatic cities, Edinburgh and Dundee, we immerse ourselves in the local flavour with tastings of some local specialities; Arbroath smokies and whisky. The highlight of this holiday has to be a First Class journey on the Aberdonian Tornado Steam Train.


Edinburgh Highlands

Edinburgh, The Highlands & Islands

Explore the highlands of Scotland

9 Days from £1,375PP

Majestic lochs and glens lie in wait as we cross Edinburgh and the Highlands and visit historic castles and the Isle of Mull. We travel through the West Highlands and Cairngorms on this fabulous round trip climaxing with a 'Scottish Evening' on Edinburgh's stately Royal Mile.


Highland adventur

Highland Adventure

5 days from £745PP

Uncover the historic castles and atmospheric lochs and glens of the Highlands, as you wind your way through the best of North Scotland’s scenery via heritage rail.

Orkney, Shetland & The Caledonian Sleeper

Orkney, Shetland & The Caledonian Sleeper

7 days from £1,165 per person

Orkney and Shetland have inspired artists, writers and musicians for centuries. Discover the Scottish islands' charms in the most romantic way possible - with a nostalgic overnight journey on the Caledonian Sleeper train.


Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

Great Railways of the Scottish Highlands

Incredible rail journeys and the glorious scenery of the Scottish Highlands - the perfect combination for a wonderful break close to home.
5 days from £999


Edinburgh Tattoo

Edinburgh Tattoo

5 days from £695PP

Experience the spectacle of marching bands when you visit the Edinburgh Tattoo by train, with pipes and drums resonating from the castle's elevated setting. Complimenting the trip, witness incredible lochs, glens and mountains as we explore the West Highlands.

Outer Hebrides Highlands

The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

Enjoy an adventure to Scotland's idyllic Outer Hebrides

8 Days from £1,595PP

Soak up the majesty of Scotland’s highlands and islands, visiting the remote Outer Hebrides and journeying on the famously beautiful West Highland Line.


Loch Lomond & the Scottish Highlands

Loch Lomond & the Scottish Highlands

6 Days from £599

Take the breathtaking West Highland Line to the heart of the Scottish Highlands, exploring the region’s dramatic castles, rugged mountains and setting sail on the glittering Loch Lomond.


Highlands by Steam

The Highlands by Steam

6 Days from £595PP

Experience Edinburgh before exploring the lochs, mountains and glens of Perthshire and the Cairngorms on spectacular mainline and steam railways from the pretty Perthshire village of Blair Atholl.


Scotland Ireland

The Best of Scotland and Ireland

13 Days from £2,695PP

Three of the British Isles most scenic countries combine on a tour that showcases the best of these Celtic beauties. Beginning in Scotland, explore the majestic Highlands and its most incredible cities, before venturing over to Northern Ireland and the rest of the Emerald Isle, a land of incredible culture and tradition.


Edinburgh Highlands

A Castle on the Shores of Loch Fyne

7 Days from £1080PP

From Stonefield Castle, the base for your holiday, cruise the open waters to the Isle of Bute, visit the wild whirlpool of Corryvreckan and sample some of the UK’s finest seafood.


Castles and Wildlife of Scotland

Castles and Wildlife of Scotland

7 days from £1,595 per person

Spot dolphins, sea eagles and red deer and visit some of Scotland’s historic castles on a holiday bookended with overnight trips on the Caledonian Sleeper Train. 


Edinburgh, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye

Edinburgh, Glencoe and the Isle of Skye

9 days from £1,645 per person

Starting on the Caledonian Sleeper Train, discover Edinburgh’s cultural delights before heading towards Glencoe and the rugged coastal landscapes of the Isle of Skye.

Scotland Train Tours

A wee dram of whisky, the soulful sound of bagpipes, dramatic castles, deep lochs, steam trains winding through heather-clad hills; Scotland is a destination simply bursting with unique charms. Book your Scottish escape with Great Rail Journeys today.

Majestic lochs, glens, and the fantastic Scottish Highlands all lie in wait, with spaces still left on some of our 2019 holidays. Explore unspoilt Loch Fyne, home to many a castle, and enjoy the contrast with bustling cities like Glasgow and Edinburgh. Or immerse yourself in Scottish traditions at the world-famous Edinburgh Military Tattoo, a precision spectacle accompanied by pipes and drums.

History Brought to Life

We all know Scotland is the place to go if you want wild open landscapes and friendly cosmopolitan cities. But it’s also the ideal destination for culture vultures looking to immerse themselves in centuries of fascinating history. From the Battle of Culloden and the Jacobite uprisings which inspired the name of the country’s most famous train, when you visit Scotland with us, you’ll discover much more than whisky, Nessie and bagpipes.

Good Times in the Highlands of Scotland

Wild and unspoilt, Scotland's landscapes are timeless. And the further north you go, the more unique the experiences. From the ancient castles and proud traditions of the Highlands, where you can see majestic animals on an expert wildlife tour at Alladale Wilderness Reserve, to the Outer Hebrides' unhurried way of life, a holiday north of the border never fails to exceed expectations.

The Joy of the Jacobite

Blending the two ingredients that create the perfect rail journey – breathtaking scenery and a nostalgic steam locomotive – the Jacobite winds through the wild and wonderful Scottish Highlands and across the iconic Glenfinnan Viaduct. Travelling along a line that’s regularly voted one of the best in the world, experience this spectacular journey alongside a host of cultural delights on our tour of Edinburgh, the Highlands and Islands.

Scotland the Wild

Discover Alladale Wilderness Reserve, an idyllic Highland retreat that awaits at the end of an unforgettable journey on the Caledonian Sleeper Train.

The Outer Hebrides & The Highlands

World-class railways, shimmering lochs, historic cities and rugged islands filled with breathtaking natural beauty; Scotland truly has it all. Discover the best of the beautiful Outer Hebrides and Highlands on a rail escape that packs so much into the price, including a journey on the iconic Jacobite.

Edinburgh, The Highlands and Islands

Explore Scotland's unspoilt and timeless landscapes. And with all your travel and accommodation taken care of, including a stay at the historic Palace Hotel in Inverness, see if you can spot Loch Ness's mythical monster, journey aboard the famous Jacobite Steam Train, and enjoy an exclusive whisky tasting as well as celebratory dinner of traditional Scottish dishes.

There’s a romance to travelling by steam rail that makes exploring the Scottish Highlands even more atmospheric. This tour takes in the real highlights of a Scottish holiday – the dramatic mountain scenery, the mysterious lochs and glens and world-famous whisky distilleries via heritage rail. Journey along the stunning West Highland Line on the Jacobite Express as you’re whisked from Edinburgh’s cultural delights to some of the UK’s most breathtaking landscapes.

Scottish Delights

Peaceful lochs and glens await in a country that’s home to some of the world's most famous railway routes. Enjoy a holiday to Scotland and experience a land of myths and legends.

A Destination that Captures the Imagination

Thousands of years of history, atmospheric, rugged Highland landscapes and some of the UK’s finest food and drink make Scotland a timeless holiday destination. When paired with some of the world’s most scenic heritage rail lines, it’s a match made in heaven. If you’re staying closer to home this year, perhaps some of our Scottish tours can tempt you?